Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
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In Reply: Drs Mylonakis and Koutkia
highlight important issues related to residents' research projects.
First, faculty mentors are essential for residents to have successful
research experiences. The daily demands of graduate medical education
constrain most residents from developing research projects on their
own. Faculty mentors are invaluable in assisting residents in
identifying pertinent topics, designing appropriate studies, and
presenting their findings. Mills et al1 identified faculty
mentoring as 1 of 3 significant variables associated with higher
research productivity in family practice residencies. A related issue,
however, is the need to adequately prepare faculty for research
mentoring. Faculty must have the skills, interest, and time to
appropriately direct resident research. Faculty development programs
such as the one suggested by Henry2 outline essential
skills for the research-focused teacher.
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